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Holy is the Lord (4 of 4)
The last message looked at the two throne scenes that John saw. Now lets examine the throne a little closer. Begin by looking at Revelation 4:6-11 (read text).
Around the throne is a sea of glass and four living creatures. Remember from our previous studies that John uses images to communicate truths about God that can't be expressed in words. John's understanding was opened up as he not only saw, but experienced the truth of God in ways that words can't describe. John uses illustrations to communicate truths that are beyond the grasp of words. So he uses illustrations to explain how that seeing God went beyond his eyes to fill his understanding by touching every part of his being. How does one see the holiness of God experiencing it? John communicates that experience by stirring our 'mind's eye' to go beyond our normal reasoning and attempts to give us a small taste of his heavenly vision.
Sea of Glass
The sea of glass is mentioned twice. Before the throne of hope, John said, "before the throne was a sea of glass, like crystal". In Revelation 15, John again brings our attention to this sea as God's plan unfolds:
15:2 And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God.
The sea of glass represents the deep unsearchable judgments of God. The sea represents depth, and crystal represents purity. Romans 11:33 says, "Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!" And Psalm 19 tells us that the law of God is perfect, His testimony is sure, His precepts are right; His commandments are pure; and His judgments are righteous. Those who desire them as gold will have a delivered soul, wisdom, a rejoicing heart, enlightened eyes, and by keeping ...
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